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Kenny Leon will return to Broadway for revival of ‘Children of a Lesser God’

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Melissa Ruggieri
Kenny Leon attended The 2014 American Theatre Wing Gala Honoring Dame Angela Landsbury on Sept. 15 in New York. Photo: Getty Images

Kenny Leon will return to Broadway for the 2015-16 season to direct a revival of “Children of a Lesser God.”

The drama about a relationship between a deaf woman and a teacher at a school for the deaf was written by Mark Medoff and first landed on Broadway in 1980. It ran for more than two years and scored Tony Awards for best play, as well as best actor in a play for John Rubinstein and best actress in a play for the groundbreaking performing from Phyllis Frelich, a deaf actress on whom the story was loosely based.

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Producers of Kenny Leon-directed ‘Holler’ trying to raise $5 million to keep show on Broadway

  • 6:44 pm Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Howard Pousner

Atlanta director Kenny Leon’s hip-hop musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” continues to struggle to find a sufficient audience on Broadway, and producers are trying to raise $5 million to keep the show open in hopes that its box office will improve.

Hollywood veteran Eric L. Gold, lead producer of the musical that sets a fictional survival story around a score by the late Atlantan Tupac Shakur, told Variety, “It’s week to week right now. I can’t tell you if it’ll be two weeks or two months. It’s an expensive game, and I’m the guy carrying the load financially. I [More]